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developed Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. verb make something new, such as a product or a mental or artistic creation
    • Her company developed a new kind of building material that withstands all kinds of weather
    • They developed a new technique
  2. verb work out
    evolve; germinate; develop.
    • We have developed a new theory of evolution
  3. verb gain through experience
    evolve; acquire; develop.
    • I acquired a strong aversion to television
    • Children must develop a sense of right and wrong
    • Dave developed leadership qualities in his new position
    • develop a passion for painting
  4. verb come to have or undergo a change of (physical features and attributes)
    acquire; produce; develop; grow; get.
    • He grew a beard
    • The patient developed abdominal pains
    • I got funny spots all over my body
    • Well-developed breasts
  5. verb come into existence; take on form or shape
    originate; develop; rise; uprise; spring up; arise; grow.
    • A new religious movement originated in that country
    • a love that sprang up from friendship
    • the idea for the book grew out of a short story
    • An interesting phenomenon uprose
  6. verb change the use of and make available or usable
    build up; develop.
    • develop land
    • The country developed its natural resources
    • The remote areas of the country were gradually built up
  7. verb elaborate, as of theories and hypotheses
    explicate; develop; formulate.
    • Could you develop the ideas in your thesis
  8. verb create by training and teaching
    educate; train; develop; prepare.
    • The old master is training world-class violinists
    • we develop the leaders for the future
  9. verb be gradually disclosed or unfolded; become manifest;
    • The plot developed slowly
  10. verb grow, progress, unfold, or evolve through a process of evolution, natural growth, differentiation, or a conducive environment
    • A flower developed on the branch
    • The country developed into a mighty superpower
    • The embryo develops into a fetus
    • This situation has developed over a long time
  11. verb become technologically advanced
    develop; modernize; modernise.
    • Many countries in Asia are now developing at a very fast pace
    • Viet Nam is modernizing rapidly
  12. verb cause to grow and differentiate in ways conforming to its natural development
    develop; make grow.
    • The perfect climate here develops the grain
    • He developed a new kind of apple
  13. verb generate gradually
    • We must develop more potential customers
    • develop a market for the new mobile phone
  14. verb grow emotionally or mature
    develop; grow.
    • The child developed beautifully in her new kindergarten
    • When he spent a summer at camp, the boy grew noticeably and no longer showed some of his old adolescent behavior
  15. verb make visible by means of chemical solutions
    • Please develop this roll of film for me
  16. verb superimpose a three-dimensional surface on a plane without stretching, in geometry
  17. verb move one's pieces into strategically more advantageous positions
    • Spassky developed quickly
  18. verb move into a strategically more advantageous position
    • develop the rook
  19. verb elaborate by the unfolding of a musical idea and by the working out of the rhythmic and harmonic changes in the theme
    • develop the melody and change the key
  20. verb happen
    break; recrudesce; develop.
    • Report the news as it develops
    • These political movements recrudesce from time to time
  21. verb expand in the form of a series
    • Develop the function in the following form
  22. adjective being changed over time so as to be e.g. stronger or more complete or more useful
    • the developed qualities of the Hellenic outlook
    • they have very small limbs with only two fully developed toes on each
  23. adjective satellite (used of societies) having high industrial development
    • developed countries
  24. adjective satellite (of real estate) made more useful and profitable as by building or laying out roads
    • condominiums were built on the developed site